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NOW - Yearbook 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter

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UK 6-panel digifile collectors edition 3 CD compilation, subtitled, 66 More Essential Hits From 1981. This new set presents much to enjoy, including two –count ’em –singles from Kate Bush’s Never For Ever album (‘Army Dreamers’ and ‘Breathing’), Robert Palmer’s sublime ‘Johnny and Mary’, which wasn’t really a hit, but deserves its inclusion just for being really good. Familiar 45s of the era include Blondie’s‘Call Me’, The Police’s‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’, Queen’s‘Flash’ and Cliff Richard’s‘Carrie’. The Now That’s What I Call Music team are effectively issuing a companion 3CD set to Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter, itself a companion to the ten previous Yearbook releases covering those five years. The ‘Extra’ version of Yearbook 1980-1984 is, as usual, a 3CD set in a card sleeve and this one features 63 “essential hits” from the period. Remarkably, the early 1980s can handle what is in effect a ‘fourth level’ of examination (Yearbook > Yearbook Extra > Final Chapter > Final Chapter Extra) and this is far from ‘the dregs’ of the era with loads of classic pop hits from Queen, Eurythmics, Pretenders, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Japan, Heaven 17, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, XTC, Elton John and more. NOW is proud to present NOW - Yearbook Extra 1984 with 60 more essential hits from the year. Released as a limited edition 3CD set, collectors and 80s pop lovers will find it a great compliment to their Yearbook collection.

The second CD includes floor-fillers from The Pointer Sisters, and The Dazz Band, alongside Freddie Mercury’s ‘Love Kills’, and synth-pop hits from Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw and Tears For Fears, together with soul infused ballads from Kool & The Gang and Jeffrey Osborne. This is a 3CD set in a six-panel card sleeve. As always there’s no ‘deluxe’ option (that only applies to the full 4CD Yearbooks) and there’s no vinyl. NOW is proud to present 63 more essential pop memories: ‘NOW - Yearbook Extra 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter’ – an epilogue to the recent ‘Final Chapter’ collection. As sure as night follows day, a welcome NOW Yearbook‘Extra’ follows an original Yearbook release. The latest to be announced is a companion to the excellent Now Yearbook ’80 4CD/3LP set. The bread, if you will, dipped in a gravy of hits, mopping up big singles and other gems, from the beginning of a new decade.

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was also saw some great cover versions, including Paul Young’s ‘I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down’, Sandie Shaw’s version of The Smiths’ ‘Hand In Glove’, and some novelty pop including ‘Hole In My Shoe’ by Neil peaking at No. 2, and ‘Nellie The Elephant’ by Toy Dolls.

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